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before getting started would be four copies of the original image and four copies of the mirror image. I would then draw a grid of squares behind all the pages. After that I would draw diagonals though the squares, being careful to do two sets of two each of the original image and of the mirror image, in which the diagonal was drawn from the left or from the right. If I had printed over eight copies I might put a grid askew over what I had determined were intriguing areas in the image. I would then, guided by my penciled lines, cut all the sheets with a paper cutter.

Ghérasim Luca may have intended that the definition of cubomancy, “divination by throwing dice,” would spill its meaning over his new term when he coined it for his invention of cubomania. In French there is only an added lower case “c” that distinguishes one noun from the other (cubomancie / cubomanie). It is as if cubomania by means of its own divining magic surreptitiously un-cubed itself. Later Luca would famously proclaim: “La cubomanie nie” — “Cubomania negates.” Stéphane Mallarmé, the other great negator and the most famous dicethrower in all of French letters, only had his magisterial work Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard (A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance) finally published in 2004 in the manner that he intended, with its original layout and typography. It was after all Mallarmé who had ended Un coup de

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